A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all. The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them. Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken. The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended. One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful. The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!” The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it. Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away. One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
Thirty Sayings of the Wise ~ 1 – 6
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you. Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge, teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?
Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.
Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.
Doesn’t it make you feel happy when you hear about someone who talks well of others and puts others before themselves. I would definitely prefer to put a smile on someone’s face by the mention of my name than have stuff. Who puts a smile on your face when hearing about them? You should let them know how much you appreciate them.
No matter where you live, what you have or what you do, you are equal to everyone around you. God is the creator of everyone and everything. There is nothing we can do to cause God to love us less or more. Because God loves us equally, we are called to love others equally. Who in your life needs to hear they are loved?
A generous man will himself be blessed for he shares his food with the poor. This is such a beautiful verse. It makes me smile. Do you consider yourself a generous person? Do others consider you a generous person? Are you a give or a taker? Do you willingly share with others, who are less fortunate, what you have? Even if its little and you don’t know when you will get more? How has God blessed you for your generosity?
The wise will tell you to pay attention and listen. They will tell you to do things you are passionate about. Put your whole heart into all you do. Do not mistreat or hurt the less fortunate. God is looking out for them and those who do cause them heartache will be punished. Be careful whom you choose as a friend. Stay clear of those who are quick to speak.
My prayer for us today ~ Father God, Thank you for the wisdom you surround us with. I pray for the opportunity to help others with the wisdom we have been given, Amen.